You probably have no idea what the picture above actually depicts. For your information, it’s a concept of a Windwheel building that will house 72 apartments and a hotel. But more interestingly, it’s a modern windwheel that’ll be able to generate enough power to sustain life inside it and power an additional of 1,000 homes.

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The project is real, and Dutch architects want to erect this building in Rotterdam, Science Alert reports.

This particular creation is based on a project from researchers at the Deft University of Technology who have designed an alternative way of harnessing the power of the wind to generate electricity.

dutch-windwheel-2Image Source: Dutch Windwheel

Their invention is meant to replace noisy wind turbines that can’t be placed within cities with a system that uses the wind to transport electrically charged particles — in this case, water — to generate power. Additionally, the building would also be able to turn solar power into electricity.

The Dutch Windwheel would measure 174 meters, making it a gigantic structure in Rotterdam that’s likely to attract many tourists. The building’s outer wheel would actually act as a Ferris wheel with 40 rotating glass cabins. The inner wheel will house office space, apartments, a seven-story hotel, and a restaurant that’ll likely offer spectacular views of the city.

dutch-windwheel-3Image Source: Dutch Windwheel

The daring project might be ready for mass consumption by 2025, assuming the technological advances required to make it work — mainly the energy-collecting side of the project — will meet expectations. The Windwheel has to be able to generate 1MW of power.

More details about the wind-based technology developed by Deft University are available in the following clip while the Dutch Windwheel project is further described at this link.

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